“As a native user of Auslan, and as an advocate for the language and for the Deaf community, I am thrilled to see a national curriculum in Auslan come to fruition. For the first time, deaf children will have access to a formal first language learner pathway for acquiring Auslan, acknowledging their status and strengths as visual learners and offering a ‘Deaf gain’ perspective to their lives. In turn, the second language learner pathway provides unparalleled opportunities for hearing children to access and use Auslan in their schools and in society, reducing barriers for participation and increasing equality in the wider community. Children learning Auslan in schools have the potential to fundamentally change the social fabric of Australia.”
—Drisana Levitzke-Gray, Deaf advocate and Young Australian of the Year (2015)
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf community of Australia. It is a visual-gestural language which has, like other signed languages around the world, been recognised as a legitimate language. Auslan can be traced back to the arrival of Europeans in Australia in the late 1700s, with British Sign Langauge (SBI) users arriving in Australias as convicts and as free settlers.
The development of Auslan as part of the Australian Curriculum: Languages recognises the place of Auslan and the culture of the Deaf community. Learning Auslan as part of a national curriculum can plan an important part in the development of a strong sense of self-esteem and identity for deaf students.
For more information you can click here, this will take you to the ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority) web page introducing the program being develop for Auslan.